What are cocaine withdrawal symptoms?

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms are largely psychological and can have extreme effects on you during detox and withdrawal. Learn more about cocaine withdrawal symptoms here.

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Why do cocaine withdrawal symptoms occur?

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms occur when a user decides to cut down or stop use of the drug after regular use. Using cocaine consistently can cause you to become physically dependant on cocaine use. In fact, when your body starts to become used to cocaine, it “rebounds” when you don’t have it. But even one use of cocaine can result in withdrawal. Why?

Cocaine use typically renders a sense of extreme joy by causing your brain to release an excess amount of certain biochemical’s called dopamine. Symptoms occur after cocaine use as you withdraw from cocaine because your body is coming down from an extreme high and seeks homeostasis. This is why you feel a sense of deep dissatisfaction with life after cocaine use. And after a cocaine binge, it is common to have extreme cravings because of the high your body is coming down from.

What are symptoms of cocaine withdrawal?

What is cocaine withdrawal like?  Cocaine withdrawal symptoms vary slightly from other opiates or alcohol because there are typically no visible signs of physical withdrawal symptoms. There are still symptoms that accompany cocaine withdrawal, but there are usually no sign of physical symptoms like nausea, vomiting or shakiness. Some of the symptoms that you will encounter when going through cocaine withdrawal may include:

  • agitation and restlessness
  • depressed mood
  • fatigue
  • generalized malaise
  • increased appetite
  • slowing of activity
  • vivid and unpleasant dreams

Along with these symptoms, you will also face extreme cravings for more cocaine use. This is one of the most difficult symptoms to deal with while trying to abstain from cocaine use. Suicidal thoughts may also be associated with cocaine withdrawal in some users.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms: How long?

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms can occur almost immediately after the final dosage of the drug has worn off. Because cocaine use comes with a short-lived high, there are almost immediate cravings for more use. When you withdraw from cocaine, be prepared to face cravings and certain withdrawal symptoms almost immediately after the final use.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms such as depression and cravings, can last months following the end of cocaine use. They can become stronger after being away from the drug for an extended period of time. This is the most difficult part of cocaine withdrawal, because cravings and depression can cause you to return to cocaine use even months after you quit using. Because of this, it is incredibly important to seek long-term treatment for cocaine addiction and use.

Cocaine withdrawal symptoms treatment

There is no easy way to treat cocaine withdrawal. In fact, cocaine withdrawal symptoms will usually ease and then disappear over time. There are no medications that are proven to reduce cravings or other cocaine withdrawal symptoms, which makes psychological treatment incredibly important. Both outpatient and inpatient treatment programs can be good options for cocaine withdrawal treatment. Treatment programs will allow you to consult counselors and other patients to deal with the psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

One factor that may contribute to complications with cocaine withdrawal is the use of other substances as a method to reduce withdrawal symptoms. It is important to avoid using other addictive substances, such as alcohol or sedatives, to treat the psychological symptoms of cocaine withdrawal. Treatment centers will allow you to cope with psychological trauma that may have contributed to cocaine use.

Cocaine withdrawal questions

Do you still have questions about cocaine use or withdrawal? Please leave your questions below. We will do our best to respond to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: Medline Plus: Cocaine withdrawal
NCBI: Cocaine withdrawal
University of Indiana: DSM IV Criteria for drug dependence
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I recently lost my husband to a coccaine overdose, he was 56 years young. The Medical Examiner called it Coccaine Toxicity. For starters, it was like a major bomb was dropped on me by losing him, then to find out 12 weeks later when autopsy results were given it was related to coccaine overdose. This was the scariest thing I have ever lived through. I was not aware that he used regularly, then to hear that he was addicted ( or must have been addicted) threw me for a complete loop. He hid it very well. I need some contacts so I can possibly seek out support groups of families that have experienced the same as I have. I have alot of unanswered questions and would like to have an opportunity to get information from families that very well have been in my same shoes. Thank you.

  2. I did cocaine with 3 other people for 3 days straight spent 230 since then I’ve been getting a nasty feeling in my stomach I feel nauseated from time to time I’m getting pains on my left rib cage I can’t eat it makes me want to throw up and been waking up with cold sweats is this withdraw and how long would it take for me to feel better ?

  3. Hiya, Joseph, I suffer with nasal problems quite bad. Yet raw organic coconut oil. Good stuff and does help soothe. Also google it’s ither affects u will probably be surprised

  4. After quitting cold turkey from daily cocaine use i suffered from extreme nasal drip and sinus inflammation. My appetite suddenly increased exponentially, i had frightening vivid dreams, my skin broke out, my breathing became more harsh and difficult to maintain. I relapsed and the nasal issues went away immediately. I am quitting again 3 days sober, experiencing the nasal issues again. Its making it difficult to work and just live day to day without being miserable. Any solutions or advice for the nasal issues? Im so sick and constantly running to blow my nose or cough up mucus. I swear i can quit if i can just get past this nasal issue. Its really bad. Constant running nose, coughing, headaches. Someone please help. I live out of state from where my medical insurance is and im scared to go to an urgent care and receive a huge bill for a minor solution

  5. My husband is taking cocaine with alcohol I don’t know how to help him after he took cocaine he gets panic and making werid face and saying werid things to me please if you can tell me how I can help him

    1. Hi Nina. You may need to stage an intervention. I suggest that you look into the CRAFT model for families and interventions. One NGO called Allies in Recovery has some online reading that can help: http://alliesinrecovery.net/about-craft/
      Also, you may call the Cocaine Helpline listed here on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7.

  6. I have been doing cocaine fir 15 years – my addiction is getting worse . I have a saddle noSe due coke. Not to long , I had a sinus surgery , yet, I haven’t been able to stop. My doc suggested I should see a toxicologist, can they help with my addiction?? Help help – I want to stop .

    1. Hi Isa. Call the Cocaine Helpline on 1-888-497-6879 to get in touch with dependable hotline professionals available 24/7. You will be talking to someone knowledgeable about cocaine abuse, rehab and recovery centers who can help you find a cocaine recovery program.

  7. Hi, I’ve just found out my husband has been using cocaine for the last 5/6 months, he has now gone to a recovery centre and hasn’t taken any in the last 10 days, how long will his exhaustion last for?

  8. Its best to leave the stuff alone and deal with self. I used because of mental health, poor environment, lack of coping methods, piss poor help for mental health patients and lifes stress being Autistic but Im still facing these issues. So. Cocaine is a waste.

  9. How do I get healthy in the body after using.
    And how would you know if it’s too late for the brain or heart or any other organs.
    And what are the withdrawals to look forward to and how long

  10. Hello iam 33 years old and ive stoped takeing coke and also weed ive done this on my own with the support of my wife and family since ive stoped i keep thinking i stink every were i go i think it ive asked my family time after time and there.say no but i cant stop thinking it ive been clean of.durgs now for over 3-4 weeks iam eating much more now also i have mood swings one min iam happy then all of a sudden i lose it over nothing most of the time i take it out on my wife i really dont.like it as shes only.trying to help me

  11. Cocaine withdrawl is not comfortable at all. I spend a lot of time feeling sick and nauseous. My appetite is poor and I do feel aggressive often. Mostly, I lay down and do a lot of positive self talk explaining to myself why it is so important to not use when trying to gain independence. I like to talk about feeling uncomfortable when not using and allow others to encourage my growth. It’s a struggle but I feel like I want to change more than stay in bondage and depressed. I hope and pray for others who are going through like me to stay encouraged and keep trying. I talk to God a lot and tell Jesus when I get overwhelmed. He always helps. One day at a time.

    1. Thank you for sharing your experience with others, Sheila. I am sure your input can help other readers greatly. I wish you the best on your recovery journey.

  12. Thank you Lydia. Yes i’ll try speaking with the pharmacist and health food shop. Our GP sees my grandson monthly, but I’m concerned, as he has now been given sedatives as well as Fluoxetine – and also Aluminium Chloride for topical use as he’s now developed Hyperhidrosis. Also he has acute diarrhoer and bodily overheating – without a rise in temperature, which the GP hasn’t addressed. Could the overheating affect his internal organs do you think? Sarndra

  13. Been using but I’m to the point where I don’t want to use any more. Just hit me today it’s affecting me in a bad way. I noticed weight loss and dark circle around my eyes. I wanted to know if I stop using will the dark circle go away and how long does it take. And how soon will my appetite return. I’m quitting cold turkey today are there any tips that I can use to get through please help I need some encouragement

  14. Hi. My 16yr old grandson lives with me after suffering a traumatic past. for a year or more he has taken cannabis on a regular basis, likely as self medication as he cannot face having a counsellor involved. In June 2015, he started using cocaine, which he ceased in Sept 2015. Since then to date, he has had unpleasant symptoms such as, overheating, profuse sweating, headaches, confusion, some tightness of the chest, mood swings, headaches, etc. Could this still be related to cocaine withdrawal? His GP has started him on Fluoxetine for the cocaine withdrawal and anxiety, panic attacks and other mental health issues he has. I would appreciate if you could give me your thoughts on same. Many thanks

    1. Hi, Sarndra. These symptoms might be related to cocaine withdrawal. I suggest you seek help from a pharmacist to recommend some over-the-counter medications, home remedies and teas.

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